This image is used by Leigh Fermor to describe the speed and flow of Slavs into a region.  Although I played the game of Grandmother’s Steps as a child, I had never heard it called by this name before and had to look it up.  I remember it as being called something like ‘Statues’.

‘… silently soaking in, spreading like liquid across blotting paper with the speed of a game of Grandmother’s Steps.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts: On foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (London: Penguin Books, 1977), p. 227

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